Essays

The psychological alchemy of questions

There’s an alchemy in questions. Somehow that combination of words, tone, and curiosity blend to create conversation, emotional response, and social connection.Asking a question creates a shared framework for communication, and opens us up to possibility. It’s part of why I believe asking questions is one of the most respectful Read more…

By Andrea, ago
Essays

Goldfish attention spans don’t justify anything.

At least three times in the last two weeks, I’ve been in meetings where the infamous 8-second time span was cited when talking about the demographic and psycho-graphic “realities” of generations, including the infamous Millennials. Specifically, the so-called statistic is that most people’s attention span has dropped to 8 seconds Read more…

By Andrea, ago
Essays

Discussion Topic of the Day at 1,000

Crossposted at AThousandThingsToTalkAbout.com In the last 208 weeks, I’ve asked my friends a thousand questions. Quite literally. Starting January 14, 2013, I posted a question to my Facebook page for no reason other than to get people’s opinions. The conversation was interesting, so the next day I did the same Read more…

By Andrea, ago
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A Love Letter To My Pod

The word “family” has always been a flexible word. I happen to like the fact that “family” is very much a self-defined word, and every person has a slightly different context for it, but calling someone “family” is the near-universal language to share how important someone is in your life, Read more…

By Andrea, ago
Essays

The Power of Your Story

In a system where data-driven is the lifeblood of business, of corporations, of education, of communication, a story provides personalized color and context. It is less stripped-down, less numerically based and less “big picture important” than the data-driven approach. The story fills in the data that humanizes numbers. We are Read more…

By Andrea, ago